(NEW YORK) — Restricted free agent Gordon Hayward is staying in Utah as the Jazz have matched the four-year, $63 million offer sheet he signed with the Charlotte Hornets.
“We’re extremely appreciative to Michael Jordan, Rich Cho, Steve Clifford and the Hornets for wanting Gordon and making Gordon feel like such a critical piece to the team they’re building,” Hayward’s agent, Mark Bartelstein said. “That’s something that’s really appreciated by Gordon and myself, not just the contract but the whole presentation that they made.
“But It’s always a wonderful thing when your own organization values you so much that they’d match a contract like this. I think it makes a great statement to Gordon about how they feel about him and value him.”
Gordon was the ninth overall pick by the Jazz back during the 2010 Draft out of Butler.
He’s emerged himself as one of the better all-around forwards in the NBA. This past season, Hayward averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.2 assists per game.
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Adam Forsgren, EastIdahoNews.com Columnist
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